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On National Mango Day, let’s vow to stop believing these myths about our beloved aam

Mangoes are loved by all, and yet there are several myths surrounding them! On this National Mango Day, it’s time to debunk some common myths and misconceptions!
Fresh mangoes for summer fruit salad
It’s always a good time to relish mangoes. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Geetika Sachdev Published: 22 Jul 2021, 17:56 pm IST
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We are inundated with information, especially when it comes to food. It’s so puzzling, because you just don’t know what to believe! For instance, mangoes are packed with nutrients, and yet people believe that they are fattening and unhealthy. But is that even true? Well, that’s exactly what we are going to cover today to mark the blessed occasion of National Mango Day! So, are you ready?

1. Mangoes are fattening
NO, they are not! On the other hand, mangoes are full of vitamin A and C, iron, potassium and copper. What’s more, they contain no fat or sodium. It contains high amounts of fibre, and induces a feeling of satiety. It’s all about practising moderation, but do not stop it in any way!

2. Mangoes are harmful for those with diabetes
It is commonly believed that mangoes are harmful for those with diabetes. But that’s not true at all! On the other hand, they are low in glycemic index, and again, moderation is the key. If you gorge on mangoes all the time, your blood sugar levels are bound to go up. Mango contains mangiferin, an antioxidant that helps to regulate blood sugar levels. So, have mangoes without feeling guilty.

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Yes, mangoes are sweet but they’re safe for diabetics. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Mangoes lead to breakouts
How many times have we heard our mothers say that mangoes must be avoided because they produce heat in the body? In fact, most of them believe that they are the cause of breakouts. No way! In fact, if you are deficient in vitamin A, antioxidants and minerals, then getting acne is a possibility. Instead, having mangoes might just help you get clear skin.

4. Mangoes cause your body temperature to rise
As mentioned above, this is not true. If you eat mangoes in large amounts, mangoes will produce excessive heat. But again, consuming anything in large quantities is anyway not the best idea. What you can do is soak the mangoes in water for a few hours, before you relish them. Here, problem solved!

All in all, do not deprive yourself of the goodness of mangoes. They are not just delicious, but also super healthy. So, this National Mango Day, get set to indulge in them with your friends and family!

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About the Author

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town. ...Read More

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